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Test Setup and Overclocking
The Asus P5WD2 motherboard is one of the 955X motherboards to be released. It received great hype after its launch about the great performance and overclocking headroom it provided. After spending some time with the board, I must agree that it is one of the friendliest overclocking motherboards in the Intel department. The Abit AW8 proved to overclock just the same. The AW8 came with great overclocking options for enthusiasts to push their system hardware. Voltage options were abundant and the range of FSB was more than enough. Equipped with an engineering sample of the Intel 560 3.6GHz processor, I dropped the multiplier to the lowest allowed, which was 14x, and kept memory at a 1:1 ratio and pumped up the FSB. I made sure that the memory would not be a bottleneck and loosened the timings to 5-5-5-15 and gave it 2.3v.
The AW8 booted just fine and ran fine with a maximum of 280FSB. I have no doubts that the motherboard can go further, but unfortunately my CPU seems to be the bottleneck. Sadly, I cannot afford such an expensive CPU like the Extreme Editions, where even lower multipliers are unlocked. It would have been great though.